Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema visited her gravesite at the Fourways Cemetery to pay tribute.
Madikizela-Mandela succumbed peacefully at the age of 81, surrounded by family and loved ones, at the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg. As a result of her illness, she had been in and out of the hospital.
She was born in Bizana in the Eastern Cape and later moved to Johannesburg to study social work. She met anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela in 1975 and later married and had two children together with him.
Their marriage was shortlived as he was arrested in 1963 and sentenced to life imprisonment. Winnie was not deterred by his arrest and continued her contribution to the fight for the liberation of the people of South Africa.
Nelson was released in 1990, and the couple divorced in 1996, 37 years after their marriage.